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The Netherlands has a long tradition in theoretical physics which involves research performed at university institutes, industrial laboratories, and government institutions. The strength of this research area is, for a large part, based on the unity of methods employed in a wide range of applications. This manifests itself both in scientific research and in academic education.

The Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was established in 1993 to structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics. The school is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), University of Groningen (RUG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Utrecht University (UU) (commissioner) and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). In addition, there are several associate members.

The DRSTP was accredited in 1994 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)/Research School Accreditation Committee (ECOS) (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoekscholen) and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010.

In 2017 members of a selected review committee (Prof. Daan Frenkel; Prof. Anne Davis and Prof. Peter Wölfle) were asked to perform a review of the DRSTP over the period 2010-2016, in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (2015-2021). The School scored three times excellent for:
Quality of the PhD educational programme;
Relevance of the DRSTP's educational activities to society;
Viability of the DRSTP.

The School has been accredited for another six years (2017-2023). A detailed report from the committee members is available here.
This report presents the review and assessments by the committee, based on the information in the provided documentation and gathered during the site visit on 3 February 2017 in Utrecht. This recognizes and endorses the prominent role the DRSTP has been playing in the Dutch Theoretical Physics community since its inception in 1994 in maintaining high standards of excellence in both research and graduate education.

* Reaccreditation News, 29 November 2017
* Article Leidsch Dagblad, 1 November 2017

The Mission Statement provides further details about the objectives of the DRSTP.

PhD Defenses
Anna Oliveira Silva MSc
24 January 2019, 10h00
Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, 1012EZ Amsterdam

Nick Plantz MSc
28 January 2019, 12h45
Promotor: Prof. H.T.C. Stoof
Title thesis: Towards holographic models for atoms at unitarity
Academy Building, University Hall, Senaatzaal, Domplein 29, Utrecht

Upcoming DRSTP events:

DRSTP National Seminar Theoretical High Energy Physics, Friday 22 March 2019

DRSTP Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) School Brazil, 4-15 February 2019

DRSTP Statistical Physics and Theory of Condensed Matter (SPTCM) School, 25 March - 5 April 2019

DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory, 16 + 17 May 2019

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Holography:
25 January 2019/Leuven
22 February 2019/Leiden
29 March 2019/Amsterdam
26 April 2019/Utrecht in KBG ATLAS

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Theoretical Cosmology:
1 March 2019, Utrecht

Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics II (spring 2019)

Last update: 19-01-2019, 09.58